The food habits linked to early deaths

An estimated 45.4% of all deaths caused by heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are associated with eating either too much or too little of just 10 food categories, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers based their estimates on a total of 318,656 deaths related to cardiometabolic causes -- heart disease, stroke and diabetes -- which occurred during 2012.
A larger proportion of men than women died due to diet-related causes. This is consistent with generally unhealthier eating habits in men, say the researchers. Poor diet was also associated with a greater percentage of mortality among younger people vs. older people.
The biggest culprit? Too much salty food caused 9.5% of the total diet-related deaths. Red meat caused less than 1%.